My Favorite Addictive, Homemade Granola Recipe
I know people think of me as “crunchy,” but I’ve never really been into that label, or any others for that matter. But as soon as you say you make homemade granola, it seems everyone pictures you barefoot running around at the park with flowers in your hair (which actually sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?).
Seriously though. When you taste homemade granola, you suddenly know why people make it at home. It’s sooooooo good. Filling, hearty, nutritious, flavorful, crunchy, sweet. And if you taste it while it’s still warm…beware. It’s kind of like a fresh baked loaf of bread. So good.
So, of course I’m going to share our favorite granola recipe. It’s a recipe adapted from a great cookbook called How It All Vegan! I’ve tried a handful of other recipes, but never found quite the flavor I was looking for. This recipe (which I’ve changed a bit) hits it on the mark. It’s simple to make too. (Yes, this mom-of-three-littles is always looking for simple and quick filling and healthy recipes.) This is the perfect recipe to feed the cravings of any hungry appetite…though I must admit, I probably ate too much of it while pregnant. Come to think of it, it’s a great food for nursing moms too. So many great ingredients.
1 batch = about 20+ bowlfuls
(If you decide to double this recipe, do use a huge bowl and be prepared with enough baking sheets. This recipe makes quite a bit.)
Most of these ingredients aren’t steadfast. Substitute the seeds, nuts, sweeteners, oils, and dried fruits you like and have.
1/2 – 3/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon carob powder (or cocoa powder if you’re not vegan)
1 – 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sweetener (you decide how sweet you’d like it. I usually use honey or agave, but you can use dry sweeteners (sugar) too)
1/2 teaspoon salt
11. While you wait for the granola to cook, start putting your dried fruits in a bowl. (I busied myself with thawing and cutting dates up.)
After 15-20 minutes, gently stir the cooking granola mix.
Return to oven for another 8-10 minutes.
* Serve with yogurt, cream, or milk, if you please.
* Sprinkle in muffins or other baked goods.
* Snack on straight-up.
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